Unseen snaps of the girl who inspired Alice in Wonderland

The REAL Alice in Wonderland: Unseen snaps of the girl who inspired Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s novel are found in old family album from 1860s

  • The images were found in a Scottish family’s photo album from the 1860s
  • The image of Alice shows her in smart dress standing next to her sister Edith 
  • The descendants of the McCorquodales married into family of Princess Diana  
  • Previously unseen photos of the girl who inspired Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s novel Alice in Wonderland have been unearthed.

    They show a stern-looking young Alice Liddell, in a smart dress, stood next to her younger sister Edith who is wearing a bonnet.

    The images were found in a Scottish family’s photo album from the 1860s.

    It is attributed to the ‘McCorquodales’, a name that originates to Argyll in the Highlands. 

    The descendants of the McCorquodales married into the family of Princess Diana. 

    The album is going under the hammer with London-based Chiswick Auctions.

    Carroll, real name Charles Dodgson, was an early photography pioneer and grew very close to the Liddell family.

    He wrote his most famous work, which full title is Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, in 1865.  

    Previously unseen photos of the girl who inspired Lewis Carroll's classic children's novel Alice in Wonderland have been unearthed. They show a stern-looking young Alice Liddell, in a smart dress, stood next to her younger sister Edith who is wearing a bonnet

    Previously unseen photos of the girl who inspired Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s novel Alice in Wonderland have been unearthed. They show a stern-looking young Alice Liddell, in a smart dress, stood next to her younger sister Edith who is wearing a bonnet

    The images were found in a Scottish family's photo album from the 1860s. It is attributed to the 'McCorquodales', a name that originates to Argyll in the Highlands

    The images were found in a Scottish family’s photo album from the 1860s. It is attributed to the ‘McCorquodales’, a name that originates to Argyll in the Highlands

    Carroll often took pictures of Alice and was said to be ‘infatuated’ with her, raising speculation about the nature of their relationship.

    He gave his heroine the name ‘Alice’ in his 1865 book Alice in Wonderland and it is rumoured that he proposed to her.

    The album is valued at £600.

    Austin Farahar, specialist at Chiswick Auctions, said: ‘Images of Alice and Edith Liddell are always very rare and very interesting to find.

    he descendants of the McCorquodales married into the family of Princess Diana. The album is going under the hammer with London-based Chiswick Auctions

    he descendants of the McCorquodales married into the family of Princess Diana. The album is going under the hammer with London-based Chiswick Auctions

    The album is valued at £600. Above: A boy seen in the pictures poses at various stages of his childhood

    The album is valued at £600. Above: A boy seen in the pictures poses at various stages of his childhood

    Austin Farahar, specialist at Chiswick Auctions, said: 'Images of Alice and Edith Liddell are always very rare and very interesting to find'. Above: Members of the family in the album are seen posing with their horses

    Austin Farahar, specialist at Chiswick Auctions, said: ‘Images of Alice and Edith Liddell are always very rare and very interesting to find’. Above: Members of the family in the album are seen posing with their horses

    ‘The relationship between Carroll, the Liddell family and the wider network of 19th century scholars, artists and authors who were working at the time is fascinating.

    ‘Carroll captured the imagination of the masses with his most famous book, Alice in Wonderland, a story he originally recited to the Liddell sisters during a boating trip in Oxford in 1862.

    ‘To see photographs of the girl that inspired the author are always going to appeal to a mass of both literary and photographic collectors.

    ‘It is also notable that the album belonged to the McCorquodale family, and the descendants of the McCorquodale’s married into Lady Diana Spencer’s family during the 20th century.

    ‘This album has come from a large cache of new-to-market material from a private British collection that has been compiled over the last 50 years.

    ‘We are expecting significant private and museum interest in the sale.’

    The sale takes place tomorrow.

    Lewis Carroll, who wrote Alice in Wonderland, was an early photography pioneer and grew very close to the Liddell family

    Lewis Carroll, who wrote Alice in Wonderland, was an early photography pioneer and grew very close to the Liddell family

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